Nicaragua Trip 2013
I am back from my annual trip to Nicaragua, and while these notes are late, most of it was written while I was there.
|The view from the Sandinista History Museum|
|The view into the major crater of Cerro Negro Volcano|
|The crew working on the trench monday|
|Digging in the trenches with Beth, the Gales and Alfredo|
Wednesday's are my favorite days in Nicaragua. We get to visit the orphanage, and I get to visit Chilo. I have written about her in the past. I could not see her last year, since she had to have surgery, but this year, she was there, sitting in her chair. She is severely disabled, and has little motor control, but she enjoy playing "futball" where I hold the ball for her left leg to kick. She is so grateful and laughs in in the most miraculous way. Afterwards, we toured the town.
ThursdayToday we were back in the village of La Chuscada digging again, and I was working alongside Milagro again, who work has hard as any of us. I also had a chance to talk to the head of the village, Sebastian, who kept using the word "historico" or historic, for what this work, the promise of clean water, would mean to the community for the future of La Chuscada.
FridayToday we had a "fun day" with the community. It was also the "triumph of the revolution" day. We went out to the community and had Mass. It was the first time many of the people in the village had seen in years. It was in both English and Spanish and was very moving. We prayed over Sebastian's wife who had cancer. We then had lunch, peanut butter and jelly as always, in the community. We then had a baseball game with the folks of la Chuscada. We lost badly. They have some great players down there, soccer too. And most of then play barefoot. We then had the talent show, and my team did a bad interpretive dance version of Genesis 1. We won the fan favorite version.
And I got to say good by to the woman on staff, but not before telling her how brave and strong she was.
|Alfredo, his pal, and the baseball game|
Saturday was a travel day, and we got home after 1am on Sunday.
After a lot of reflection, it occurred to me that this is the most impactful thing I do in my life. Without the experience in Nicaragua, I would not have made it through the first half of this year. Doing this kind of work changes and deeply impact you in many ways.